NEWSMAKER — Summertime sun protection could be a lifesaver

| May 19, 2017
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As temperatures heat up, families are looking for ways to get outdoors and have some fun.

KMZU’s Sara Miles spoke with Breann Jenson, the Public Health Educator for the Lafayette County Health Department about sun exposure and when too much can turn dangerous.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Surprisingly, skin cancer is also the most easily preventable.

Jenson gave a few easy tips that anyone can follow to decrease their chance of developing skin cancer or other health problems.

  1. Don’t burn
  2. Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds
  3. Cover up
  4. Seek shade
  5. Apply sunscreen

Following these easy steps is an easy way to keep you and your family safe from the suns dangerous UV rays.

Jenson says an easy way to remember to stay safe in the sun is to “Slip, Slap, Slop, and Wrap.” Slip on protective clothing, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen, and wrap your eyes with sunglasses.

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